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The rise of fragmented public speaking
Public Speaking Essentials
9th February 2017

The rise of fragmented public speaking

Anyone following the news lately, which is most of us, can see very easily how difficult it is to communicate a clear message in this age of multimedia. No longer is public speaking just about standing behind a podium, saying your piece, and being done. People are zig-zagging from the television to Facebook to the government website to written statements online to blogging platforms to Twitter, and so on. Speakers now appeal to their public in many different ways. In politics, every single line is excruciatingly examined, tested, and reviewed again. Professional photographers paint a non verbal image. Hashtags and…
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Mastering the art of public speaking is the single greatest skill to boost your career.
Public Speaking Essentials
2nd February 2017

Warren Buffett shares the secret of success

Who hasn't heard of Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway? Buffett is only one of the wealthiest men in the world,  third on the Forbes list of the top 10 billionaires. What's his secret? How did he get to be so successful? People listen when Warren Buffett speaks. In 2009 he told his business class that investing in public speaking skills can increase a person’s value by 50%. "Right now I would pay $100,000 for ten percent of the future earnings of any of you, so if you're interested, see me after class." "Now, you can improve your…
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Speeches from the Women's March
Inspiring Speakers
23rd January 2017

Speeches from the World Wide Women’s March

On January 21st, public speaking came to the limelight in the Women's March. Some speeches were more passionate(?) fiery(?) profound(?) candid(?) than others. Some simply stated why they chose to march, others rocketed the crowd with their straightforwardness. Here are just a few of the speeches that shook up the Women's March and the world. Kerry Washington "We are in this situation because someone thought a character from television could fix our shit. This is not about Olivia Pope. This is not about anybody saving you, people! This is about you and me, standing up for our democracy and saying…
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Setting agreements with your audience
Delivering a Talk
19th January 2017

Crowd Management 101: How to set agreements

In past blog posts we've talked all about empathy, One of the biggest problems speakers face is focusing too much on themselves and not enough on their audience. And we've focused on learning about your audience and the importance of location. Because let’s face it… knowing exactly to whom you’re presenting and HOW you’re presenting matters more than you may think. By this point you should be swimming in empathy for your who you think your audience is, but how do you us all that lovely preparation in reality? We call this 'Crowd Management' and it all begins with the agreements…
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Contrast your personality for more powerful speaking.
Public Speaking Essentials
12th January 2017

How to switch your style

What's your typical style as a speaker? Do you automatically tell a joke or jump straight into the details? Are you excited or profound? Are you the most comfortable with an interactive audience? If you choose a contrasting part of your personality when you need to influence or inspire, you can bring a whole new layer of authenticity to your public speaking. This is the part of yourself that you normally keep tucked out of sight. Because it is less practised than what you normally show to the world, it can have a profound impact on your audience. Here are…
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Five totally terrific TED Talks from 2016
Inspiring Speakers
5th January 2017

5 totally terrific TED Talks from 2016

As we've said goodbye to 2016, let’s take a look back at the wealth of amazingness that was the past years brilliant TED Talks. From sex workers to cultural diversity, 2016 was the year of ‘awareness’.  Here are five TED Talks that rocked it, socked it, and clocked it! Which talks did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.   Reshma Saujani Teach girls bravery, not perfection We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge…
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Make 2017 your year to shine with public speaking
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30th December 2016

Make 2017 your year to shine with public speaking

When we think about our own worries and self doubts it’s easy to become afraid of public speaking. But when we think of making a big change in ourselves and/or a big change in the world; a cause that needs us that’s bigger than we are, we naturally become braver and more confident communicators. What better way to make a change in the new year than by changing the way you communicate? So you want more self confidence? To finally get that promotion at work? To learn to speak without your voice shaking? Learning how to become adept at public…
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Transform presentation anxiety into excitement
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14th December 2016

How performance anxiety can ENHANCE your public speaking

Public speaking and performance anxiety go hand in hand for many people. Nightmares like forgetting lines, botching PowerPoint slides, losing notes, or fumbling over words can wake some folks up in the middle of the night howling. The truth is, being a fearless public speaker isn't about getting rid of your fear, nor is it about suppressing it. It's about transforming that fear into energy and excitement. Performance anxiety can be a tool to enhance your public speaking... if you hack it the right way. Channel your fear into excitement! Why does one person gravitate towards a bungee jump while…
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Find and nurture the public speakers in your company
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8th December 2016

Find and nurture the Public Speakers in your company

  Think of the potential benefits of sending an amazing public speakers to a large conference to represent your company. Brand recognition, being seen as a leading expert in your field, increasing company integrity? Those are just a FEW of the amazing things that can come from developing public speakers for your business. So, how can YOU implement public speaking into your content marketing strategy? Develop the storytellers in your organization. You might have employees who already regularly do speaking engagements, but if you don’t, determine who might have public speaking as a hidden strength. The best speakers often use…
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Whats your Public Speaking Marketing Strategy
Delivering a Talk
1st December 2016

What’s your Public Speaking Marketing Strategy?

When you implement a Public Speaking Marketing Strategy you are giving potential customers a chance to see what you have to offer, how much you believe in your company, and what you can do for them. You'll have a chance to reach tons of new customers where you'll have the chance to get them liking and trusting you... and your business. People “buy” people... not products. By utilising a Public Speaking Marketing Strategy people will be able to relate to you, and as a result your business, on a much more personal level. But how do I do this in…
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Male stereotypes in public speaking.
Nerves & Confidence
16th November 2016

Male stereotypes in public speaking

So a few weeks back I wrote about female empowerment through public speaking. Gender issues are barriers that can seem very real, mostly because of the way we've been conditioned to think by society. I had a lovely comment from Jutta on that post... while I was doing research for this blog post. Shouldn’t we rather talk about feminine and masculine behaviour instead of female and male behaviour? For example I know many men with confidence problems, and confident, extremely target oriented women who tend to neglect relationships. Jutta is right. Difficulties can't be necessarily tossed onto the lap of…
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Speaking the hard truths.
Nerves & Confidence
11th November 2016

Speaking the hard truths.

Gulp. You want to share something you strongly believe in. You have tons of empathy for your audience and don't want to offend them. But what you have to say is not exactly a popular opinion. You feel that it's important for the world to hear you (we think it's important too!). But how do you deal with it when your truth is unpopular or creates a massive emotional upheaval in your audience? ~ You get up on the stage and speak with power and purpose. You bring all of your passion, persuasion, charisma, and talent with you. You hit…
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Qualities NOT behaviors
Public Speaking Essentials
3rd November 2016

Focus on your inner qualities not your outer behaviors

You're going to do it. You finally decided to take the plunge and learn how to become a public speaking maestro. You sign up for the much lauded public speaking guru's training... and you leave with a checklist of do's and don'ts. All is good yes? Not necessarily. If you're going to invest in your personal development in tough times, you might well want it to last longer than the day spent out of the office. Yet so much public speaking training focuses on teaching the wrong things that simply don't work. Forbes put out this article encouraging people not…
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Female empowerment through public speaking
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26th October 2016

Female empowerment through public speaking

There are times we fall into gender traps. Ways we are 'taught' to behave by society. I grew up thinking that it’s good to be ‘Good’; that one should be polite, smiley and pleasant. One should never offend, never assert themselves too much, nor should get too passionate or too emotional. One should, you might say, be a ‘Good Girl’. What society thinks is good actually equals obedient. Obedience taught to us by reinforcing what being a good woman looks like and sounds like… demure, humble, don’t interrupt, behave, think inside the box, don’t be mouthy or opinionated, play with girl toys, and never…
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Why public speaking is vital to leadership
Public Speaking Essentials
13th October 2016

Why public speaking is VITAL to leadership

The word "leadership" brings to mind many things. A political leader, who wants to convince you to support their cause. An explorer, cutting a swath for you to follow her through the jungle. An executive, developing his strategy to help you and your colleagues beat the competition. Being a leader means helping others, and themselves, do the right things. A leader sets the direction for their team, drives innovation, and builds a vision for the future. Being a leader is about lighting the way to mutual goals, and it's dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. According to a fantastic article by Sunnie…
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How to be a public speaking word artist
Public Speaking Essentials
5th October 2016

How to become a word artist!

Just like an artist speaks with her brush, a public speaker speaks with, well, his mouth!  Every word you say is a chance to influence, inspire, persuade or evoke something in the minds of your audience. Do you use your words like an artist…? Or do you let anything roll out of your mouth,  no matter how relevant or powerful it is?  The latter is the behaviour of a same-old-same-old public speaker who fails to appreciate the lasting impact words can make. Like, basically, actually avoid saying words almost always that usually don’t actually essentially in fact mean very much.…
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